A Pitch Wars Success Story … Paula Garner!
Feb21

A Pitch Wars Success Story … Paula Garner!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we are so happy to have Paula Garner and her Pitch Wars mentor Lindsey Sprague here for a little Q and A. Paula recently signed with Molly Jaffa with Folio Literary.  So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Paula, you were chosen for Pitch Wars, which was such a great accomplishment with over 2,000 applications and about 660 writers entering. What made you decide to send an application to Lindsey? I actually didn’t submit to Lindsey! I had narrowed the field down to seven who sounded perfect for me (a group that included Lindsey), and of those seven I kept agonizing over trying to guess which four would like my manuscript best. I hemmed and hawed and finally ran out of time and just picked four. That Lindsey found me anyway suggests that it was meant to be. I wasn’t aware that you hadn’t applied to Lindsey. Definitely shows what a great eye she has! Lindsey, what about Paula’s application made you choose her? One of my favorite things about this story is that it shows what a strong community this is. Someone approached me in regards to Paula’s entry, saying it wasn’t really for them, but it sounded like something I would like. I read the first paragraph and I couldn’t even. I’d lost my ability to even. I was hooked from the first sentence (which is totally ironic because a lot of our edits ended up taking that paragraph out, but it still is very dear to my heart) and I found this weird connection between her work and my own. I genuinely felt that we thought similarly and approached writing problems the same, which I thought would be great. As for the MS itself, it had everything I didn’t know I wanted. When I got more information, I simply fell in love with Otis and the fantastic sensitive (but not too sensitive), mature (but not condescending), smartass-y (but not douchey or mean) voice he brought. He is a beautiful, complex person who – if he was real – I would consider a delight to have as a friend. That’s it. That’s the beauty of this MS: it had characters that felt real and good, flawed and floundering, but uplifting and inspiring. Dara alone had me at ‘hello,’ although I’m certain she wouldn’t use the word ‘hello,’ but something much more colorful. It was beautiful and real, simply great writing, a great voice, and a beautiful metaphor woven throughout this MS that...

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LIBRARY JUMPERS … announcement
Feb20

LIBRARY JUMPERS … announcement

Many of you have asked about the release date for LIBRARY JUMPERS. There have been some developments behind-the-scenes that impact the publication, and I hope to update everyone on as soon as I’m able. In the meantime, I’m hard at work on the series as well as other exciting projects, and as soon as I know the firm release date, I will of course let everyone know!  ...

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A Pitch Wars Success Story … Emily Martin!
Feb17

A Pitch Wars Success Story … Emily Martin!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we are so happy to have Emily Martin and her Pitch Wars mentor Evelyn Ehrlich here for a little Q and A. Emily recently signed with Lara Perkins with Andrea Brown Literary. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Emily, you were chosen for Pitch Wars, which was such a great accomplishment with over 2,000 applications and about 660 writers entering. What made you decide to send an application to Evelyn? While it was so difficult narrowing my choices down to four from the amazing group of mentors, Evelyn was always on my DEFINITELY list. Her mentor bio was great, and she very enthusiastically requested contemporary YA. She also mentioned liking books with flawed characters and a lot of emotion, so she seemed like a great fit. And last but not least, Evelyn came off as a tell-it-like-it-is mentor, which was exactly what I was looking for (and needed!). That’s exactly how we love our critiques—tell-it-like-it-is! Evelyn, what about Emily’s application made you choose her? Oh, goodness, so many things! First off, Emily’s opening lines were phenomenal. They were like a one-two punch, except more like a one-two-knockout. Punch 1: The first sentence hit me with a hint of conflict–concise and masterfully worded–and I was hooked. Punch 2: The voice, OMG, the voice. Knockout: The main character, Harper, is bold and wry, and I was smirking along with her by the end of the third sentence. I knew I wanted to spend an entire novel with her. Secondly, the love interest is named Declan, and I’m a sucker for boys with Irish names. And third, well, I obviously devoured the rest of the pages attached to the initial application. And requested more pages. And double-checked my e-reader to be sure I was reading a PitchWars manuscript, not an already-published book. Emily’s manuscript was that good. When I finished the thirty pages she’d sent me, I emailed the other mentors she’d applied to and laid down the gauntlet: I told them I loved this manuscript so much, I’d fight tooth and nail for it. Ha! Love how you described this. It definitely was a knock-out entry. Emily, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? What a crazy month! Evelyn was only halfway through my manuscript when I got my first homework assignment, and a couple of days later I received a detailed, insightful, and super-motivating editorial letter from her. To sum it up, my manuscript needed a major revision, which would leave no...

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A Pitch Wars success story … Whitney Fletcher!
Feb13

A Pitch Wars success story … Whitney Fletcher!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we are so happy to have Whitney Fletcher and his Pitch Wars mentor Julie Sondra Decker here for a little Q and A. Whitney recently signed with Lana Popovic at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Whitney, you were chosen for Pitch Wars, which was such a great accomplishment with over 2,000 applications and about 660 writers entering. What made you decide to send an application to Julie? A lot of things, actually. First was that she was super cool, approachable on Twitter, open about her process as a Pitch Wars Mentor, and personality-wise, a good fit. I read her Pitch Wars blog post, and then other things on her blog, and I got the sense that we would get along well. This included our shared love of the anime EYESHIELD 21, which I worked into the personalization of my query. Second, I looked at her wish list, and of all the mentors, she had the most checkmarks for genre and category: adult, urban fantasy, and LGBT stories were high on her list. In many ways, the process was similar to when I researched agents. All the mentors I applied to were fantastic, but Julie was always my favorite. And wow, was I right. You there reading this? If you do Pitch Wars next year, and Julie is a mentor, apply to her. She is dedicated (over 800 comments on a 340 page MS), insightful, incredibly smart and funny. It was truly a pleasure and an honor to be her mentee. We will second that! Julie is pretty amazing. And you, Julie, what about Whitney’s application made you choose him? First of all, the query had everything; I knew immediately when I read it that I was dealing with an author who knew what queries are FOR. It established a problem, provided the stakes, and built up to a climax without getting bogged down in detail. On top of that, the characters as described in the query were people I wanted to meet. And when I read the pages, I was so pleasantly surprised and relieved to read a submission that wasn’t struggling to get to its feet at all. What struck me most was that the protagonist felt like she’d been alive long before Page One; she clearly had a history and a set of experiences that she was now showing to me without whispering in my ear, and I was left to figure it out while getting invested in her...

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GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN by Marci McGuire Jefferson releases today!
Feb11

GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN by Marci McGuire Jefferson releases today!

Amazon Barnes & Noble   In the glittering seventeenth century courts of France and England, Frances Stuart captured the hearts of Louis the Fourteenth, Charles the Second, and James the Second. She rejected them all and graced England’s coins for generations as the model of Britannia, an enduring symbol of Britain’s independent spirit. Reviews: “Jefferson’s intoxicating first novel superbly draws readers into the mischief and maneuverings, loyalties and treacheries, and lust and hostility of powerful 17th century kings and scheming court sycophants…this is an exciting, solid debut.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review   “Jefferson fictionalizes the life of a little-known—yet exceedingly familiar—historical figure in her authentically detailed debut. This small leap from the Tudors is a must-read for Alison Weir–Philippa Gregory fans.” —Booklist   Find the author here … Website Twitter Facebook Goodreads...

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A TOUCH OF DARKNESS by Yelena Casale and Tina Moss … price drop!!
Feb03

A TOUCH OF DARKNESS by Yelena Casale and Tina Moss … price drop!!

Exciting news for A TOUCH OF DARKNESS. The publisher has agreed to drop the price to $2.99! If you’ve been waiting to grab your copy, here’s the chance to get it at a bargain rate. Pick up a copy for your eReader at Amazon or B&N. Cassie’s working for a tightwad boss at a pretentious NYC diner, dealing with paralyzing pain that doctors can’t diagnose, and trying to hide her hands that glow purple whenever she …well, whenever. So, when a mysterious stranger walks out of her dreams and into her life to spout some nonsense about her being a mythical creature, she chalks it up to one more crazy thing to add to her it’s-a-crappy-life list. Yet, when the stranger’s predictions start to come true, she discovers a world that could shake up her humdrum existence. For more information follow Tina Moss at www.tinamoss.com or find her on   ...

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